Tue May 7, 2013, 06:21 PM
Hissyspit (44,424 posts)
NY Group Buys Tesla Property, Plans Science Center
Source: Associated Press
NY GROUP BUYS TESLA PROPERTY, PLANS SCIENCE CENTER
By FRANK ELTMAN
— May. 7 5:33 PM EDT
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York community group that raised $1.3 million in a six-week online fundraising effort has purchased a laboratory once used by visionary scientist Nikola Tesla.
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Tesla was a rival of Thomas Edison who imagined a world of free electricity. He conducted experiments in the early 20th century at his laboratory in Shoreham, about 65 miles east of New York City.
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Their effort got a jolt of support last summer from Seattle cartoonist Matthew Inman, a Tesla fan who started promoting the fundraising effort on his website, theoatmeal.com.
Within six weeks, more than $1.3 million had been raised from 33,000 donors in the U.S. and 108 countries.
Tesla abandoned the lab in 1917. For many years it was a photo chemical processing plant; in 1993, officials determined that the property's groundwater had been polluted with cadmium and silver. A remediation effort overseen by state environmental regulators was completed last year.
Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ny-group-buys-tesla-property-plans-science-center
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|Jim Lane||May 2013||#7|
Response to Bigredhunk (Reply #4)
Wed May 8, 2013, 04:14 AM
Jim Lane (6,495 posts)
7. Yes, it's named for the scientist.
From the Wikipedia article about the company:
Tesla Motors is named after electrical engineer and physicist Nikola Tesla. The Tesla Roadster uses an AC motor descended directly from Tesla's original 1882 design.